MANLY BEACH, Australia (Friday, October 10, 2008) - Round 1 of the Beachley Classic, stop No. 5 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women's World Tour, is set to hit the water at 8:30am this morning in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at nearby Freshwater Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Event organizers opted to relocate from the primary venue at Manly Beach to nearby Freshwater in hopes of capitalizing on the slightly bigger surf on offer.
"The swell is a fair bit bigger at Freshwater today and we're looking to get Round 1 underway at 8:30am," Matt Wilson, Beachley Classic Contest Director said. "We'll put Round 2 on standby as we want to take advantage of the conditions while we have them, but as always, we'll be ensuring that the girls compete in the best possible conditions."
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, reigning ASP Women's World Champion and current ratings leader on the 2008 ASP Women's World Tour, will face Dream Tour sophomore Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), 21, and winner of this morning's Oakley Trials Tyler Wright (AUS), 14, in Heat 3 of Round 1.
Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women's World Champion and Beachley Classic event organizer will battle compatriots Rebecca Woods (AUS), 24, and Nicola Atherton (AUS), 22, in Heat 4 of Round 1.
Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, former ASP Women's World Champion and just a scant 12 points behind current ratings leader Gilmore, will see Hawaiian stylist Megan Abubo (HAW), 30, and Serena Brooke (AUS), 32, in Heat 4 of Round 1.
Kicking things off for Round 1 of the Beachley Classic will be current ASP Women's World Tour No. 5 Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, up against Sydney-sider Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 22, and Dream Tour veteran Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS), 33.
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BEACHLEY CLASSIC Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Amee Donohoe (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS)
Heat 2: Samantha Cornish (AUS), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), Karina Petroni (USA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Megan Abubo (HAW), Serena Brooke (AUS)
Heat 5: Layne Beachley (AUS), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Nicola Atherton (AUS)
Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA), Melanie Bartels (HAW), Julia De La Rosa Toro (PER)